This episode has everything finally turning in Team Sock's favor as well as so many cute moments of jealousy that even the harshest fans of this OTP cant do anything but smile. So put on a nice warm pair of socks and enjoy episode 5's hijinks with me.
So my Kdrama bestie Angela has pointed out that I have never discussed a very important aspect of Pretty Man with you all. So I promised to alleviate that error right away on this weeks blog post.
What is up with the evil wicked witch's face?
She looks like she got the all included plastic surgery face lift combo pack. If there is ever the need for a character to look like a mannequin she has got the part.
And right off in episode 5 we see her being evil. Going to Mattai's house with the sob story of her daughter (at first I was not sure if she was sincere or not) tugging at the poor abandoned boys heartstrings. He of course is all that is supportive (happily in a complete non sexual way) and pats her on the back letting her know it will all work out. And then as she leaves she takes out her compact and her evil plastic smile reappears as she congratulates herself on having Mattai right where she wants him.
I know that they are trying to show us that we should have some sympathy for her because she was kicked out of her marriage and away from her daughter by the evil queen. But when you use your child to further your own plans you totally lose any sympathy points. Sorry show but although I suspect you are going to try and redeem her at some point (especially since this is based on a Japanese story and they love the whole redemption thing) I am not going to like her.
At the same time all this is happening, poor Bo Tong goes home and does what any girl does when she finds her "man" in the clutches of a plastic witch........ She dons her favorite fuzzy ducky sweater and gets rip roaring drunk. Can I just say that she is still adorable drunk and I would love to see her so further on in the drama because a drunk Bo Tong is a sassy loud Bo Tong. And when her mother comes across her with lots of complaints and head slapping Bo Tong breaks and yells that she is moving out because her new job comes with room and board. WHAT???????
But everything is not all flowers and sausages for team sock. They still are minus a time slot at the home shopping network and also are lacking a middleman to back their company. Pretty much all they do have is 3 workers and a lot of hutzpah. So David starts work on promoting the cleaning sock idea to his boss. However he does not get to far when it comes out that they are minus all of the paperwork.
So Team sock meets to discuss how to overcome all of the problems but upon learning that his girl Friday Bo Tong has moved in with David, poor Mattai has problems focusing on the problem in hand. To say that he is having problems having Bo Tong focus on anything other then him is an understatement and we have some of the cutest jealous (but does not know he is jealous) moments full of snarky jabs, cranky looks, and dictator style orders that she must move back home at once.
Bo Tong, noticing that he is acting so unlike his usual cool and distant self wonders if he is jealous? And if him being bossy is his shy way of letting her know. BWHAHAHA.
I truly love how they don't make him automatically bright. He definitely has to actually work at figuring this all out. And I personally think that it is all the more rewarding when he does finally get it since it is not just handed to him. Because he does have to work for his answers I more readily believe the change in his personality, from the guy who originally wanted everything handed to him to the slightly deeper man he is in episode 5.
It just so happens that our Heroine has NOT moved out of her cushy cheep new apartment and when she tells this to Mattai he blows up saying that he is going to tell her mom about her and "this thief" and when she snaps back at him for being a tool he is totally shocked. Even though she backs down real fast he huffily cuts off the phone call telling her he is going to get coffee.
I love that our cute crazy girl is starting to get a little cranky around the edges with her Oppa. Good for you. Let your independent crazy flag fly and make him suffer a little. Will serve him right and make him realize he loves you all the faster.
Mattai is in fact meeting with the electric fairy for lessons since he cant seem to wrap his mind around the whole "Button" metaphor. She points to various people around the cafe and has him observe them. Observation is key.........Watch them, they all have buttons that they are trying to hide whether it is that they like someone, are stressed over school, or are trying to become rich. He is just starting to get it when a very loud screech of "oppa" fills the room. Seems Bo Tong has indeed hunted him down and is not happy to find him on a date when they have socks to sell. The Electric Fairy just stares at her and mentally just sees a whole plethora of buttons.
I find it interesting in what Electric Fiary sees as buttons because of her clothes and jealous behavior are also the things that make Bo Tong so tough and tenacious. And although Bo Tong does look like a total mess and full of flaws, inside she is the most stable and has the best self esteem out of all the shows characters. She truly understands herself.
I love how his jealousy is helping add people to team sock to alleviate the closeness between David and Bo Tong. I have high hopes for more hijinks and log live the Team Sock Dormitory (only thing that could make it better is Mattai moving in at some point).
Totally falling for Mattai, our Electric Fairy continues to help him in his sock quest. When he explains how he crashed and burned when he tried to push this guys buttons, she just nodded wisely. Pushing buttons is a very delicate thing, since most people want to keep their buttons hidden. He asks if she sees his button and she nods and says that if she pushed it she could get him to kiss her right now. He just smiles quizzically probably wondering what his button is. She picks up the phone and talks to a women named Kim In Joong. She tells her that she sees a bundle of white socks in her future and when they arrive she should jump on the opportunity since it would be beneficial for her. Mattai smiles widely as she puts down the phone, shifts closer and gives her a ..................... nose kiss??? While super cute, not really what the fairy had probably been hoping for.
I love that his button involves the socks and that she can get kissed if she pushes his sock button.
Girl # 3
Success smells like a pair of cleaning socks!!!
It is do or die time and just before the broadcast David brings over a pair of socks and asks Bo Tong to breath on them since they will hold the breath of success and he will keep them as a memento. A jealous Mattai quickly breaths on them first and slaps them back into David's hand with a glare. Mattai grabs Bo Tong away leaving a totally devastated David behind.
I love how sad David is that his plan to have a love memento did not work and I also love how Mattai shows his jealousy in the littlest ways since he is completely unaware he is doing it.With everyone super nervous at the beginning the group slowly starts to smile as more and more cleaning socks are sold. However Bo Tong starts to cry instead because she was so worried that things would go bad for her oppa and she is relieved. He smiles pats her shoulder and tells her not to worry and if they exceed a hundred million won then he will let her................. kiss him? Have dinner with him? Buy her a golden designer handbag? .......... Nope she gets the honor of taking ten pictures of him. OH MY WORD HAHAHAHAHA
He says it in a way that makes it seem like he might be joking......... oh please kdrama gods, please let him be joking and not that shallow.
Well two steps forward and one giant narcissist leap back still leaves us slightly ahead on our quest to make Mattai into a real boy and not just a pretty one.And as he returns from the hall he finally sees someone's button. Just so happens it is David Choi's and it is a great big huge one that has Kim Bo Tong written all over it!!! Oh please let him start to realize he is jealous and actually start to be pulled toward her romantically. I have loved their sweet friendship in all its weird glory, but I am ready for some heated hubba hubba romance between our two leads. Or knowing how slow it is for Mattai to get concepts, I at least want some sweaty palms and awkward skinship. Please make it happen kdrama gods..... pretty pretty please.
I really love all of the jealousy and competition mixed in with the forward movement of the sock story line. Also congrats to the writers on doing a fairly competent job on writing a storyline that all depends on the selling of socks. I am sure that it is very difficult since when you think romantic sexy pretty boy comedy you don't automatically associate socks with any of that. They have done wonders on keeping a forward movement on the plot as well as keeping me liking all three members of the love triangle. Even Mattai for all of his narcissistic ways is a very funny and likable and slowly but surely we are seeing him act more of himself and less of the gold digger. I for one and really loving the subtle movements of his character.